This is Australia’s coldest town – where zero degrees is ‘T-shirt weather’

This is Australia’s coldest town – where zero degrees is ‘T-shirt weather’

The latest cold snap has been so freezing it has sent weather records tumbling across southern Australia this week.

However, those grumbling and shivering through the frigid mornings should spare a thought for the two people living in Liawenee, the coldest inhabited place in Australia.

That’s right, the tiny hamlet of Liawenee, which is nestled in the central Tasmanian highlands and famous for its trout fishing, has a population of just two.

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Both are government employees – one is a police officer, and the other is an Inland Fisheries Service officer.

Perhaps the tiny number of residents has something to do with the nippy weather. 

This morning, the minimum temperature recorded in Liawenee was -13.5 degrees, but it felt more like -16 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

It is regularly the coldest place in the country, and this morning boasted the lowest temperature for a July morning ever in Tasmania, according to Weatherzone.

Getting out the record books, the second coldest temperature ever recorded in Australia was at Liawenee in August 2020, at -14.2 degrees.

The title of the lowest temperature in Australia goes back 30 years to July 1994 – when it was a bone-chilling -23 degrees at Charlotte Pass in the NSW Snowy Mountains. 

A former hydro village, Liawenee is happily situated near Tasmania’s Great Lake and often hosts trout fishing events.

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Hobart-based photographer Gill Dayton is a regular visitor to Liawenee and snapped some photos of the majestic scenery covered in frost this week as the chill set in.

‘It’s the first time I’ve seen a frost as thick as this, that has lasted all day,” Dayton told

While the days were crisp, a lack of wind meant the temperatures were “quite bearable”, Dayton said.

“By the time the temperature gets up to around zero degrees, it feels like T-shirt weather,” she added.

The cold mornings are being caused by a combination of a large mass of cold air, clear skies, light winds and a strengthening high-pressure system over southern Australia.

This high-pressure system will continue to cause bitterly cold temperatures across southeastern Australia over the next few mornings, forecasters say.

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